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May 29, 2008

Born again again?

attitudeDean Kahn’s question for yesterday solicited readers for their attitude towards Muslims.  I assume it was to lay groundwork for the Herald’s upcoming Public can learn of Muslims series.  However, being an unmoderated and mostly anonymous comment section, any attempt to garner real cross sectional opinion regarding attitude towards Muslims was predestined to be a dismal failure.  And it was.  Oh, there were attitudes a plenty, and even some were about Muslims, but even more were about Christians.   Here’s one that caught my eye.

The anti Christian atitudes that abound in these comments is simply the reaction to having born again theology crammed down our throats and the church skewing the lines between government and religion. I was raised Protestant and though I grew up and got a brain, I never felt anger towards my fellow Christians until in the 80’s when the whole absurd born again movement started. Now I see them for what they are, clearly delusional lunatics.
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The anti-Christian message wasn’t what caught my eye, it was the lack of understanding of the Christian faith by someone claiming to have grown up Protestant.  Born again didn’t originate in the 80’s.  It may have had a resurgence during the late disco age, but the actual origin of the born again movement can be traced back about 2000 years.  

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:3-7)

Born again is at the heart of Christianity.  It is not a doctrine that is to be crammed down anyone’s throat; it is merely a statement of fact, uttered by Christ Himself.  He explains how things are and providing us with opportunity. 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
(Mat 7:7-8)

The Christian message is one of hope, generosity, choice and salvation.  All we have to do is ask.

Perhaps tomorrow’s Dean Kahn moment will ask What’s your attitude towards Christians?    It seems a more relevant question in a nation founded with Christianity at it heart.

March 29, 2007

Priorities for federal spending

Dean Kahn’s join the conversation column over at the Herald today has to do with the new federal budget and what our feeling are regarding priorities.

Join the conversation:What are your priorities for federal spending?
People are paying their federal income tax. How would you like to see your money spent?”

I put my budgeted 2 cents into the comment section.

Primarily defense from both foreign and domestic enemies of our nation. Secondarily to protect our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That would be a good start.

And of course it was immediately picked apart as per comment section usual.

giving it to the fat cats in washington so they can play there WAR GAMES wally. did you fight in a war??? are you in va therapy too??

Fortunately for me, I have this blog and don’t have to explain myself in the comment section. Here is my explanation:

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

We have been attacked and are at war with any and all nations that support terrorists who would do us harm. Our federal government must step up and provide for the common defense of its member states. I would eat Top Raman safe and sound in my home rather than buy steak dinners and ignore the mortgage. Defense must be priority or we won’t have a nation to call home, or we will be calling it home followed by “all praise and gratitude be to Allah.”

Dean Kahn asked U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, for his priorities. Rick Larsen’s response was a little cryptic, so I’ve provided my simplified interpretations in italics on the right.

Rick Larsen says:

supports education for a 21st century workforce – more taxes

expands health care for our children – more taxes

budget restores fiscal responsibility – more taxes

addresses federal spending – more taxes

businesses and farms have the resources – more taxes

access to capital – more taxes

communities have the resources they need – more taxes

support initiatives to fight hunger – more taxes

make sure that our federal spending – more taxes

I did find his response a little disturbing, yet not unexpected. Lots of taxes and spending. Isn’t that what budget means; increase taxes to cover spending?

Like I said, I would want to see our defense budget expanded and other items reduced so that we can meet or exceed whatever military need arises. I say if our military leaders need money, troops and equipment, then lets give it to them money, troops and equipment; without exceptions, without conditions, and without surrendering. But Rick Larsen and the Democrats say:

This budget leads us in a new direction – taxes not going to our common defense.

There is only one good thing about this budget and it is still a mixed blessing.

resources to ensure that soldiers and veterans get the care. – Good

Good, because we need to take care of these guys after all they have given for our nation. The mixed blessing is that tragically there will be more veterans needing this care when the Democrats “new direction” budget starts cutting off supplies, reinforcements and equipment to our overseas armed force who are in the middle of a war.

Will our soldiers quit defending our nation as their supplies run low and then run out? I doubt it. More will die and their blood will be on the hands of Democrats like Rick Larsen who can find innumerable ways to spend our taxes until there is nothing left for defense. More people need to tell them that the enemy is no longer at the gate; they flew a few airliners right through it on 9/11.

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